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Florida Deputies Fatally Shoot Man Armed with BB Gun

Deputy Shoots Man
Posted at 9:20 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 16:23:28-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say deputies fatally shot a man who aimed a BB gun at them at a Tampa Bay area apartment complex.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon says in a news release that at least four deputies responded Tuesday night to the Windwood Oaks Apartments after 911 calls about man screaming and waiving a gun.

McKinnon says deputies found 27-year-old Jeffery Casale outside his home and told him multiple times to drop what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun. Casale reportedly began to advance on the deputies, pointing the gun at them, and the deputies opened fire. Casale was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

The gun turned out to be a Colt Defender air pistol.

The release says Casale was white. The races of the deputies weren't immediately known.